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Old 04-03-2013, 04:12 PM   #31
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I know I'm being a bit repetative, but I'm still strugling to understand why people are blaming the Principal for anything? If my boss had a question about something in my area of expertise, I would really, really hope he'd actually ASK ME instead of googling it.

Sure, the Principal could find the plot out online, but that's almost certainly NOT what he was most interested in. Instead, he wanted to know (or at least should have wanted to know) how the book furthered the goals of his English department, and how his teachers used the book in their classes. To understand that information, he'd need to know not just the actual plot, but also the plot and thesis AS INTERPRETED BY HIS TEACHERS. Nothing on google would have given him that information.

It sounds to me like he went to the experts on the subject instead of being lazy and googling.
I'd say "blame" is the wrong word. I find it odd that a principal could go through 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, obtain a post-graduate degree, work in a high school and not know what Brave New World is about.
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I'd say "blame" is the wrong word. I find it odd that a principal could go through 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, obtain a post-graduate degree, work in a high school and not know what Brave New World is about.
It's not his or her job to know that unless the Principal is a micromanager. If the Principal was an English teacher, than maybe it's something you'd think he or she would know, but otherwise I don't really find it odd at all.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #33
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I'd say "blame" is the wrong word. I find it odd that a principal could go through 4 years of high school, 4 years of college, obtain a post-graduate degree, work in a high school and not know what Brave New World is about.
OK, fair enough. I just don't find it that odd. I read the book in high school, and still don't really remember what it's about. I mean, I remember the big themes, but not any of the specific plot details - I'd certainly want to get a refresher before making decisions and having parental discussions. And if the Principal was a math major and teacher, his last real English class was probably in high school. Presumably many decades ago by the time he became a Principal. It just doesn't strike me as at all odd that he never read it, didn't have it come up much in his educational circles, and when he needed to have a discussion about it, he went to his subject matter experts to get some information and education.

If the Principal had been an English major, and the school was trying to decide what science books to use, I wouldn't find it at all odd if he went to his physics teachers and said "tell me what relativity is about" before making a decision.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:31 PM   #34
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I want to say I read the book when I sophomore? I never did read 1984, though.

I enjoyed most the books that I read while in high school-the one book I disliked was Grapes of Wrath. Don't know why, that book just didn't strike my fancy.

I'm curious if the parents decided to let their children read the book?
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